Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 430 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 9800 GT 1GB features a clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It features 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.
Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, which has GPU clock speed of 700 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory running at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce GT 430 1GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be much (about 200%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GT 430 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be a lot (more or less 243%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GT 430 1GB, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)
Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.
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Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.